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Letters Children’s mental health services

Children’s mental health: the UK government needs to be far more ambitious

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: (Published 02 March 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n573
  1. Michael Craig Watson, trustee,
  2. John Lloyd, honorary vice president
  1. Institute of Health Promotion and Education, PO Box 7409, Lichfield WS14 4LS, UK
  1. mcwatson100{at}

England’s children’s commissioner is right to highlight the gulf between what children need and what is being provided.12 Before the pandemic, mental health problems were common and growing in the child and adolescent population. Lockdowns have added further concerns associated with school closures, social isolation, and lack of access to support services.3 Moreover, children from disadvantaged backgrounds are at …

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